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Perinatal depression and anxiety (PNDA) awareness campaign
Antenatal depression or anxiety during pregnancy affects up to one in 10 women in Australia. Up to one in six women experience postnatal depression or anxiety, during the first year following childbirth.
Seasonal influenza update
The annual influenza season has begun earlier than usual and influenza activity is high across NSW. Antiviral treatment should be considered for all patients with confirmed or suspected influenza at increased risk of complications. General practices are reminded to use the Influenza Vaccination Provider Toolkit 2019 and visit https://nsw.
SCHN will no longer auto-fax discharge summaries from 1 June
GPs who treat children who have been discharged from Sydney Children’s Hospital in Randwick or The Children’s Hospital in Westmead will now receive discharge summaries via electronic messaging brokers.
Winter strategy: supporting practices to manage influenza
COORDINARE recently announced more than $170,000 in funding to support 11 general practices in leading heightened quality and intensity of care for patients who are at a high risk of being unstable, very unwell or admitted to hospital during the 2019 flu season.
ACT & Southern NSW HealthPathways platform now mobile-friendly!
The ACT & Southern NSW HealthPathways website is now mobile-friendly. The new version is easier to use and looks great, whether you’re accessing it from your mobile, tablet, laptop or desktop computer.
Update on the StepCare Community of Practice (CoP)
The inaugural StepCare service Community of Practice (CoP) was held on Monday 27 May. 13 staff from five practices across our region met with staff from COORDINARE and the Black Dog Institute to discuss ideas and strategies around implementing the StepCare service.
Bowel Cancer Awareness month 2019
June is Bowel Cancer Awareness month, a Bowel Cancer Australia initiative to raise awareness of Australia's second deadliest cancer. Bowel cancer is the third most common type of newly diagnosed cancer in Australia.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander resources to ‘Get the facts about immunisation’
Phase 3 of the Childhood Immunisation Education Campaign – ‘Get the facts about immunisation’ launched earlier this year to encourage Australian parents and carers to get their kids vaccinated.
Meningococcal ACWY vaccine for adolescents
Meningococcal disease occurs when meningococcal bacteria, invades the body and causes serious disease.
Adolescents from 15 years of age are at increased risk of meningococcal disease and are more likely to spread the bacteria to others.
Nurses, are you new to primary health care or wanting to mentor?
Whatever stage you're at in your nursing journey, APNA’s here to help nurses flourish. APNA’s Transition to Practice Program is a 12-month education, support and mentoring program for nurses new to primary health care, or for nurses wanting to mentor someone who is.
Test a diverse range of patients for HIV
During HIV Testing Week (1-7 June), NSW Health encourages health professionals to offer testing to a diverse range of patients at risk of HIV. This includes testing anyone who asks for an HIV test regardless of their HIV risk profile.
Time to get your flu shot!
COORDINARE – South Eastern NSW PHN, Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District and Southern NSW Local Health District are encouraging local residents to have a flu shot – and soon – to best protect themselves against the coming season.
Webinar for GPs: Mental Health and Depression in Older People
To assist GPs in managing the care of mental health consumers, the team of psychiatrists from the Psychiatry Support Line for GPs is producing a series of webinars.
AGPAL workshop coming up in June
COORDINARE recently partnered with Australian General Practice Accreditation Limited (AGPAL) to provide a series of workshops in South Eastern NSW. The aim of these workshops is to support continuous quality improvement in general practice.
New drug and alcohol support service for Aboriginal people in Yass
COORDINARE – South Eastern NSW PHN today announced that Marathon Health will be funded to provide a new drug and alcohol support service for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Yass and surrounding areas.
Celebrating Reconciliation Week in South Eastern NSW
27 May – 3 June is National Reconciliation Week. The 2019 theme is ‘Grounded in Truth: Walk Together with Courage’. Fostering strong and meaningful relationships, grounded in a foundation of truth and trust between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Aboriginal people, is at the heart of reconciliation.
ACT & Southern NSW HealthPathways adopts new mobile-friendly platform
ACT & Southern NSW HealthPathways is implementing a new mobile-friendly version of HealthPathways to ensure users can continue to access valuable pathway information - no matter what device they’re using.
May is Medication Dependence Prevention Month
This month is Medication Dependence Prevention Month, raising awareness about preventing medication harms and finding community support. At the moment, more Australians are dying due to the use of some pain and sedative medications than on our roads. This is a health crisis we have the power to prevent.
Acknowledging Sorry Day on 26 May
National Sorry Day, 26 May is a significant national day for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. It recognises the devastating impacts of the Stolen Generations upon individuals and families, and the intergenerational trauma that remains to this day.
Changes to the Practice Incentives Program (PIP)
The Practice Incentives Program (PIP) supports general practice activities that encourage continuing improvements, quality care, enhancing capacity and improving access and health outcomes for patients.
Shoalhaven maternity services to expand
The Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District has outlined its plan to deliver an improved maternity service in the Shoalhaven, giving local families access to a new midwifery-led model of care.
Hurry: Pitch your innovative idea now!
Please note that submissions have now closed. Hurry! Applications are closing soon for COORDINARE – South Eastern NSW PHN’s inaugural Pitch Night.
Partners in Planning (PIP) initiative
Partners in Planning (PIP) is a program funded by COORDINARE and delivered by Marathon Health. PIP aims to increase awareness of Advance Care Directives and planning among South Eastern NSW communities. The PIP project was officially launched at Warrigal aged care facility in Goulburn on Thursday 4 April 2019.
Increasing awareness of advance care planning among CALD communities
The Multicultural Communities Council of Illawarra (MCCI), which specialises in supporting culturally and linguistically diverse communities, has been funded by COORDINARE to increase community awareness of advance care planning for end of life care.
Medicines at End of Life project (MaEoL) in the Eurobodalla
Funding has been made available through COORDINARE to improve access to medicines for people receiving palliative care in the Eurobodalla region.
Free From Stigma (FFS!) campaign for lung cancer awareness
Did you know that 1 in 5 lung cancer patients receive no treatment?
Lung cancer research is massively underfunded in Australia.
Update on the MMR vaccine for babies
The Australian Immunisation Handbook MMR vaccine recommendations for babies have changed. Since December 2018, there have been 36 infectious cases of measles in NSW. Babies too young to be routinely vaccinated (<12 months), and those who have not received two doses of measles containing vaccine are at highest risk.
Recent updates to the Australian Immunisation Handbook
Some recent improvements have been made to the Australian Immunisation Handbook that are designed to make it easier for providers to access information.
Local organisations invited to ‘pitch’ their innovative ideas
COORDINARE – South Eastern NSW PHN today called for submissions for the chance to pitch for one-off funding at its inaugural Pitch Night, to be held in Wollongong on 26 June 2019.
Clevertar: meet your free digital mental health coach
If things in your life aren’t going as well as they could be, and you could use some support, help is just an app download away. Created by Flinders University, Clevertar is a new mental health coach designed for people who are experiencing stress or worry, or feeling overwhelmed.
Local residents urged to reach out… anytime!
A new initiative recently launched across South Eastern NSW is aimed at increasing awareness of support for mental health, or drug and alcohol concerns in the region.
Measles alert, influenza vaccine and pertussis vaccine
Measles alert Since December 2018, 23 cases of measles have been notified in NSW. Several cases have spent time in busy public places such as hospitals, shopping centres and backpacker hostels while infectious.
Illawarra Shoalhaven HealthPathways platform now mobile-friendly!
The Illawarra Shoalhaven HealthPathways website is now mobile-friendly. The new version is easier to use and looks great, whether you’re accessing it from your mobile, tablet, laptop or desktop computer.
New End of Life Essentials modules for health professionals
End of Life Law for Clinicians is a free training program about the law at end of life, developed by the Australian Centre for Heath Law Research and Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation, QUT, with funding from the Department of Health.
Sharing Knowledge About Immunisation (SKAI) website
NCIRS in partnership with The University of Sydney has recently published the Sharing Knowledge About Immunisation (SKAI) website for parents and carers. SKAI provides a communication system and suite of resources for healthcare workers and parents/carers of babies and young children designed to support conversations about childhood vaccination.
Increasing bowel screening amongst Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
Waminda, South Coast Women’s Health and Welfare Aboriginal Corporation is one of 50 primary health care centres across the country selected for the National Indigenous Bowel Screening Pilot, which is being implemented through the Menzies School of Health Research.
Pre-orders for flu vaccine
Pre-orders for flu vaccinations through the online ordering system are now available in South Eastern NSW. It is anticipated that distribution of ordered vaccines will commence in April when vaccines have been received from the Commonwealth. You can pre-order here: https://nsw. tollhealthcare.
GPLO ongoing funding confirmed
COORDINARE and Southern NSW Local Health District (LHD) are pleased to announce a funding extension for the four Southern NSW GPLO roles out to 2021. The ongoing funding commitment by both organisations has been based on the positive impact the GPLOs have made over the past year.
National Close the Gap Day
Today is National Close the Gap Day, raising awareness about how we can achieve health equality for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Reminder that support services in Tathra and surrounds are still available
With the one-year anniversary of the Tathra District bushfires this week, COORDINARE – South Eastern NSW PHN issued a reminder, encouraging local residents to take advantage of the mental health support services which remain available.
New tenancy laws give medical practitioners ability to help victims of domestic violence
From 28 February 2019, new tenancy laws will allow medical practitioners to help their patients escape circumstances of domestic violence in a rented home. Medical practitioners can help their patients escape a domestic violence situation in a rented home by making a domestic violence declaration.
Empowering our Communities funding will support drought affected communities in Shoalhaven and Southern NSW
COORDINARE – South Eastern NSW PHN today announced that applications are now open for organisations and/or community groups who are interested in supporting drought affected communities within Shoalhaven and Southern NSW.
Heart Foundation launches online Heart Age Calculator
In an effort to get more people thinking about their personal risk of heart disease, the Heart Foundation has launched a new Heart Age Calculator located on the Heart Foundation’s website.
Ending HIV in NSW - we can!
Over the past five years, we have seen a 40% reduction of new HIV diagnoses among Australian-born men in NSW. However, we have not seen the same in overseas-born men.
Illawarra Shoalhaven HealthPathways adopts new mobile-friendly platform
llawarra Shoalhaven HealthPathways is implementing a new mobile-friendly version of HealthPathways to ensure users can continue to access valuable pathway information - no matter what device they’re using.
UNE Partnerships Medical Assisting, funded places now available!
Upskill your medical receptionists today and enrol them into UNE's Certificate IV in Medical Practice Assisting (HLT47715), a nationally accredited course.
GP online modules and face-to-face workshops for palliative care
The Department of Health recently provided funding for PEPA (Program of Experience in the Palliative Approach) to work with PHNs to deliver a Palliative Approach Workshop for GPs.
New app helps parents to ‘Save The Date To Vaccinate’
On-time vaccination is a child’s best protection against serious diseases. If children are not up to date with their vaccinations, it can also impact enrolment in child care and access to family assistance payments. NSW Health has released an improved Save The Date To Vaccinate app.
Women Want to Know survey for GPs
The Women Want to Know (WWTK) project encourages health professionals to discuss alcohol and pregnancy to ensure that women receive the right advice.
Improving medication titration for people with heart conditions in the Illawarra Shoalhaven
The Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District's (ISLHD) Heart Failure Service has been monitoring heart failure medications across the region over the past year.
New psychosocial support service for people with complex mental health needs
COORDINARE today announced $1. 5 million in funding until June 2021 for Flourish Australia to provide a new psychosocial support service for people in South Eastern NSW with severe and complex mental health needs who are not eligible for assistance through the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
My Health Record in general practice
Cringila-based GP, Dr Rakesh Bahl, shares his thoughts on the potential of digital health and says the more we utilise My Health Record the more useful it will become.
Financial support for professional development and training
Rural, regional and remote health professionals keen to expand their skills now have access to funding to support further studies and training.
e-Mental Health in Practice training
In 2019, e-Mental Health in Practice training is available for mental health peer workers and practice nurses.
Expression of Interest: Scholarship - 2019 Patient Experience Symposium
Calling innovative general practice GPs and practice nurses!
It is widely recognised that future health reforms focus increasingly on patient experience of care. COORDINARE is committed to providing general practices with the tools and the opportunities to stay ahead of these changes.
Maternity update: Revised Antenatal Record (Yellow Card)
Most women see more than one antenatal care provider throughout their pregnancy, sharing clinical communication via the NSW Health Antenatal record card (the “yellow card”). However, recent audits have revealed that this yellow card is not always used effectively.
Measles alert for February
All NSW residents are being urged to ensure they are fully protected against measles, after twelve cases of the disease since Christmas.
Advanced Training in Suicide Prevention returns to the Far South Coast
People with suicidal behaviour frequently visit primary care settings in the weeks or days before suicide. Excellent primary care has been shown to significantly decrease suicide deaths and rates. COORDINARE supported Advanced Training in Suicide Prevention in Narooma in July last year.
‘Choose the Right Care for you’ campaign
NSW Health launched a digital campaign over summer to educate 17-34 year olds without children in metro Sydney, Gosford, Newcastle and Wollongong on the healthcare options available to treat common ailments.
Supporting the ‘Accidental counsellors’ in the Bega Valley
COORDINARE – South Eastern NSW PHN today joined with Senator Jim Molan AO DSC, to announce funding for a training program, titled ‘Accidental counsellor’.
Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine
Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a common, contagious virus that can cause cancers and diseases in both females and males. Without vaccination, 90% of adults will have a HPV infection at some point in their life.
Seven linkage strategies that can improve quality of care
A systematic literature review previously conducted at QUT revealed early evidence that seven linkage strategies have the potential to improve service and client outcomes in aged care.
New Productivity Commission Inquiry into mental health - share your thoughts
The Morrison Government has established a Productivity Commission Inquiry into the role of mental health in the Australian economy and communities, looking at the best ways to support and improve national mental wellbeing.
Tim Heffernan among new Deputy Commissioners for mental health
Photo credit: NSW Mental Health Commission
COORDINARE congratulates Tim Heffernan on his new appointment as a part-time Deputy Commissioner with the NSW Mental Health Commission. Mr Heffernan is the Mental Health Peer Coordinator at COORDINARE.
Clevertar: a free mental health coach
COORDINARE recently launched a low intensity mental health digital coaching service called Clevertar. It is free of charge for all people living in South Eastern NSW. Clevertar is a mental health coach designed for people who are experiencing stress or worry, or feeling overwhelmed.
Mental Health Network: EOIs sought for Executive Committee
The Mental Health Network is now seeking network members to join the Executive Committee(EC) through a targeted EOI.
Doctors for colleagues: supporting the wellbeing of GPs
Recent emphasis on doctors’ health and wellbeing has shone a spotlight on the importance of having your own GP. However, for many doctors – particularly doctors-in-training working away from home on rotation – visiting their regular GP can be difficult.
Supporting young people who use alcohol and other drugs
Creating Synergy's 2019 conference, 'Drugs & Young People - Care, Collaboration, Compassion' is coming up in June.
New training requirement for yellow fever vaccine
A new training requirement has been introduced for prescribers of the yellow fever vaccine. Medical practitioners and nurse practitioners who intend to prescribe the vaccine at their practice (those practices approved as Yellow Fever Vaccination Centres) will now be required to complete an online learning course to obtain accreditation.
headspace Centre officially opens in Bega
headspace Bega was opened by Senator Jim Molan AO DSC, along with Dianne Kitcher (CEO of COORDINARE – South Eastern NSW PHN who is funding the initiative), Ron de Jongh (CEO of Grand Pacific Health – the lead agency providing the service), Jason Trethowan (CEO of headspace National) and some...
Immunisation updates for primary care
Recently, there has been an increase in incidents of expired vaccines being administered to patients. It is essential that the expiry date is checked on all vaccines prior to administration to avoid patient recall and revaccination and loss of their confidence in your health service delivery.
Financial support for your professional development and training
Over 50 healthcare professionals in South Eastern NSW have already received scholarships or bursaries to support their training and professional development as part of the NSW Rural Doctor’s Network Health Workforce Scholarship Program (HWSP).
Local PMs and GPs shine at awards night
COORDINARE would like to congratulate Charise Morris (Grand Pacific Health Centre Nowra) and Kim Weeks (Marima Medical Clinic, Goulburn), who were recently awarded joint GP Synergy South Eastern NSW Practice Managers of the Year at a Wollongong awards night.
The General Practitioner Liaison Officers (GPLOs) have been co-funded by COORDINARE and Southern NSW Local Health District. As the GPLOs approach 12 months in their roles, they are seeking GP feedback on how GPs and Southern NSW Local Health District can work together to improve patient care.
MBS and wellbeing telehealth support video conferencing
Six new Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) items have been introduced to enable GPs and non-specialist medical practitioners to provide general mental health and wellbeing support services by video conference to patients in drought-affected areas.
Support your patients to quit smoking
The NSW Quitline is a free, evidence-based service that can assist health professionals in supporting their patients to quit smoking. Referring to the NSW Quitline only takes a few minutes.
Gail Lloyd given special award at Practice Management Conference 2018
The Australian Association of Practice Management 2018 Conference was held Tuesday 16 October - Friday 19 October in Canberra. The theme of the conference was ‘Powering your journey, driving change’.
Updated Colposcopy and Treatment form
The Colposcopy and Treatment form has been updated to comply with the amended requirements of the National Cancer Screening Register Rules 2017.
My Health Record in pharmacy
Bomaderry-based pharmacist, Rachel Forgan, says access to My Health Record provides vital information to help her deliver better informed patient-centred care.
Save the date to vaccinate before the holidays
NSW Health has recently distributed some immunisation alerts for community members and health professionals, including a pertussis (whooping cough) alert. Pertussis (whooping cough) alert
Cases of pertussis are increasing across NSW, particularly among school aged children.
Supporting people living with dementia to plan ahead
For people living with dementia, a loss of mobility has been linked with a reduction in quality of life and increased rapid cognitive decline.
2017/18 Annual Report Card now available!
Our 2017/18 Annual Report Card is now available, showcasing our key achievements and highlights some of the work we have undertaken.
Psychiatry webinar series - free CPD training opportunity
To help GPs manage the care of mental health consumers, the GP Psychiatry Support Line is producing a series of webinars. Headed by renowned psychiatrist Dr Martin Cohen, these webinars invite psychiatrists to present a topic they specialise in, followed by a Q&A discussion.
Opt in or opt out of My Health Record at any time
The Minister for Health recently announced an extension to the My Health Record opt out period until 31 January 2019. The opt out portal and help line will remain open and available until then, and records will be created for every Australian who wants one after 31 January 2019.
Mental Health Skills Training grants for GPs
COORDINARE is committed to assist GPs with mental health skills training, particularly in regional areas where access to psychological therapies is limited.
Best Practice and AIR
Some practices have been reporting that they cannot see immunisations that have been sent to AIR from their Best Practice software. This is because if Best Practice is not updated the information will not be transferred to the AIR.
Test for HIV in a diverse range of patients, including heterosexual men
NSW Health data shows a need to increase HIV testing among heterosexual men who have sex with other men. These men may be in heterosexual relationships, be married, have children and/or come from a range of cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds.
Palliative and end of life funding announcement for South Eastern NSW
COORDINARE - South Eastern NSW PHN today announced that additional Commonwealth funding will be provided for palliative and end of life care in South Eastern NSW.
Looking after your family’s health with a digital record
For around 1. 7 million Australians currently living with diabetes, World Diabetes Day on November 14 is a way of highlighting the challenges experienced in caring for their health. Managing diabetes often involves regular visits to different healthcare providers meaning key health information is often scattered across different offices.
APNA Building Nurse Capacity Project (BNC)
Are you looking to take the next step in your career? Would you like to learn new skills and knowledge so you can deliver a new model of care?
The Building Nurse Capacity Project (BNC) focuses on the development of nurse-led (team-based) models of care that meet local population health needs,...
APNA Transition to Practice Program (TPP)
Trying to find your feet in primary health care or want to try your hand at mentoring new nurses?
The Transition to Practice Program (TPP) aims to help you grow your skills, knowledge and confidence and set you up in your career.
Dr Barnard appointed as new Chair for Southern NSW Clinical Council
COORDINARE – South Eastern NSW PHN, today announced Dr Amanda Barnard as the new Chair of its Southern NSW Clinical Council, and as a director on its Board. “We are delighted to appoint Dr Barnard.
The Local Health District Primary Care Nurses in Bulli are moving to Wollongong
The Local Health District (LHD) Primary Health Nurses are moving from the Bulli Community Health Centre to Wollongong Community Health Centre on Tuesday 13 November.
Men, do your part when it comes to your health
The beginning of November marks the start of Movember and an opportunity for men to take some time to check in with their health.
Consumer health advocacy training – develop the skills to help you take action!
COORDINARE is holding a free one-day workshop in Goulburn on Friday 16 November which will provide local people with the confidence and skills to advocate for important health issues.
Looking for financial support for professional development and training?
Rural, regional and remote medical, dental, nursing, midwifery, allied health or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary health professionals keen to expand their skills or scope of practice now have access to funding to support further studies or training.
Electronic delivery of BreastScreen results
BreastScreen NSW has commenced a phased rollout of the delivery of electronic results to eligible general practices in South Eastern NSW. This means that eligible practices in the region will soon be able to receive patients' BreastScreen results by secure messaging.
Is your urgency an emergency?
Before presenting to the emergency department at your local hospital, be sure to assess your level of illness and injury. Ask yourself: is my urgency an emergency?
In recent months, the Southern NSW Health District has seen an increase in emergency department presentations.
Free suicide prevention training now available!
The Illawarra Shoalhaven Suicide Prevention Collaborative today announced that an additional 1,000 free licenses are now available for suicide prevention training, thanks to a $10,000 funding boost.
Gain client referrals through national eating disorders helpline
Eating disorders affect more than 9% of Australians in their lifetime, and the rate is increasing. It's important for GPs and health professionals to understand how to treat this serious mental illness. Australia’s eating disorders telehealth service, the Butterfly Foundation, receives more than 12,000 consumer contacts a year.